The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 11, 1967 · Page 8
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 8

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 11, 1967
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don smrth RECEIVED a very interesting letter a few weeks ago from a former Algonan, Capt. David J. Gouge of the USAF, wbo is stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. He invited us to visit him there, but probably won't be able to make it. He left Algona 27 years ago and except for a few visits during leaves, has not spent much time here since. His father was the late Dave Gouge and his mother' still lives here. He is an ex- pilot who expects to retire from the service in 1968. Dave mentioned he is a slot racing bug, too, and gets a chance to run his fast little ones on a course at the base Hobby Shop at Clark. Says most of his equipment comes from Japan (but of course, much of it used here is also). It was nice hearing from you, Capt — and keep reading the column ! MAYBE you've seen some of the stories in the dailies recently about the wealth of churches in the United States. Pretty interesting. It was estimated that Roman Catholic real estate holdings total $44.5 billion, with Protestant and other groups owning $28 billion and Jewish $7 billion. One story quoted Rev. James A. Pike, who resigned as Episcopal Bishop of San Francisco, thus on the subject — "Income taxes could be significantly reduced and property taxes abated if churches were taxed." He also stated that church real estate (which is tax free) amounts to no less than $79.5 billion- not including unknown but vast amounts invested in endowments or businesses operated for income. Pike also said, "There is no atomic secret more veiled in mystery than the wealth of American churches today." "PM Mr. Haynes* wife," announced a visitor in an office. "Fm Mr. Haynes* secretary," said the pretty girl typist who had greeted her. "Oh, were you ?' said the wife. WE'VE never favored selection of All-Conference, All-State and All- American teams too much — and recent stories covering Iowa's All-State basketball selections pretty much bear out our reason for disliking them. Too many of the really great stars are "honored" with honorable mention selection — kids who we know (and you know) could play rings around many of the others selected on the All-State first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh teams. Of course, right off the bat, you practically must play in the State Tournament - and if you're in the 6-3 to 6-7 category, even if you are about as nifty tianrfiii^r (fat ball as a polar bear wearing boxing gloves, it helps, too, WE realise such teams seem to be a "must". But real basketball fans will readily admit they would rather watch a smooth- working and hot-shooting 5-9 operator than a &-8 goon. And some of the tall lads are good, too, we aren't trying to downgrade them too much - but the height, because of possible big college and university potential, counts too much in selection of the best high school basketballers in the state. There I We got that out of our system 1 - ?THE teacher said she wanted all the little boys and girls to sit still for a few minutes. Still enough so she could hear a pin drop. Very soon, all of the children were perfectly still, not a murmur could be heard. Then, an excited little voice cried, "How's your chance, teacher, let her drop." - ?SEE where Bancroft's Denny Menke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walt Menke, is one of the two keys to the success of the Atlanta Braves this year in the National League race. He and Tony Clooinger, who both slumped last season, are expected to have good years, with the .Braves slated to be stronger as a result. The club finished strong in 1966 and hopes to keep going through 1967. - ? THE Home Fallout Protection Survey began here last week-and if the big computer, to be used to figure out how safe your basement and mine are, comes up with anything different in the way of a safety factor - we'll be surprised. First off, we can't figure out how anyone can be sent out to gather information on such a subject - and be limited as they are in the questions to be asked. For instance (and this is certainly nothing against the individuals doing the work — or Tuesday, April 11, 1967 Algona (la.) Upper Dw Moinw-3 the homeowners and housewives answering said questions), the enumerator that stopped at my house left without even knowing that my basement walls are tile. And very little other information could possibly be gleaned from the answers received to the too- simplified questions asked. So, it looks like what is supposed to be a shot at figuring out how safe homes are has turned out to be just another way the Federal Givernment has come up with to spend a vast amount of money it doesn't have. We'll bet a vast majority of the questionnaires will be useless. By the way, how tall is your house ? - 9 _ JIM Murtagh, our buddy at Tucson, Ariz., who left Algona several years ago for a warmer clime, sent a copy of the Daily Reporter, Tucson's legal and commercial newspaper, which contained a Periscope joke in one of its columns. And, you're right, Jim, the writer got it mixed up a little when he wrote it for the Tucson publication. Nice hearing from you. - ?HIGHWAY accidents will diminish when brainpower matches horsepower I 5-GENERATIONS It was a happy birthday celebration March 29 for Mrs. Jessie Hemfling, 81, Maquoketa, the occasion for a family reunion there of five generations. Those present were Mrs. Kenneth Snyder and daughter, Kimberly, Harold McCutcheon and Mrs. Harry McCutcheon. it's Posturepedic month 30 NIGHT (and 30 good morning) enjoy a Sealy Posturepedic READ'S FURNITURE & CARPETING AND WATSON INTERIORS 210 No. Phillip Algona A month of good mornings will show you why Posture- pedic is the world's most wanted firm mattress. Designed in cooperation with leading orthopedic surgeons for comfortably firm support. Choose your comfort—extra firm or gently firm. Try it for 30 days; the proof is in the sleeping... and getting up. ftr-ytf-VQK ..* 79 8B EXTRA LONG TWM w Ml M. re. 989,96 QUEEN SIZE HIM* 2 M M t f 199.96 KING SIZE

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